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    Jacob Bechtol


Feel the Sand between Your Toes: La Jolla Shores Beach Wedding

Lifeguard station #33 La Jolla Shores

Chris didn’t wear shoes that day, yet he stood tall in his three-piece suit. Tugging at his tie, while the flowers in his Hawaiian leis softly swayed in the ocean breeze, he curled his toes in the damp sand. The moment was here. The place to be was lifeguard station #33. Amidst the beachgoers enjoying the sunshine and the surfers attempting to catch the ever elusive waves, a beautiful romance was unfolding.

Celebrate Chris and his lovely bride, Nicole, as they pledged their love for each before the mighty Pacific with the sand between their toes. Is there any other way to say, “I Do” ?

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the Memory of a Day like Today

Pone Winery Wedding

The memory of a day like today can get you through the rest of your life Ponte Winery Wedding 

As Eric waited for his lovely bride dressed in white to walk down the aisle, the months of work and preparation melted away. His sole focus was his bride. With the mountains looming in the background, the breeze wafting through the grape vines, and the smallest ripple making its way across the pond all everything melted away. The moment became clear, and life breathed anew. As one the guests turned and rose from their seats. Though the music cued them into the moment, it was the smile of the groom that let them know the bride had come.  Though the sun shone bright, Eric’s eyes were still brighter. You could see the joy and anticipation in his eyes.

The memory of a day like today.

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PEOPLE are Forever

On a gorgeous afternoon in La Jolla, I was walking down the sloping drive to the sand at Scripps Pier for an engagement session. And as I was chatting with David, I dove beyond the usual small talk of sports or weather. I asked about the colorful bracelets he wore. He shared of battling cancer, victory, and remembrance. The colored strands were more so much more than a fun burst of color. They were a reminder that he had fought and overcome. The little brackets around his wrist were a daily reminder of his story.

This Sunday with coffee in one hand, and my iPhone in another; I was listening to my pastor. As I was tapping out his points into Evernote, I had to stop. A particular sentence caught me. I stopped listening.

I went back and underlined, and then went back again and bolded the words. (Neat features like this, are why I take notes with Evernote in the first place.) His sermon this Sunday was on heaven, and even before he dove into the text for the morning out of I Peter. He said, “People live forever.” Let me re-phrase his words, to what I took away that morning.

PEOPLE are Forever

His words echoed the Why behind my blog. When I first started my photography business, one of the exercises that I did was list out my values. As well-intentioned as it was, my notes listed things like beauty and wonder. Both of which are incredible, but neither are the root of what I do.

This past week, I absorbed so much from the photography conference I was attending. And like stepping stones to the other side, they lead me to the heart of the matter. My pastor’s words were the final stone. The last piece I need to step across the stream. Photography has value and lasting worth because of people. While this may be a duh, something that we take for granted. I think we miss its full value.

When I say that people are forever, those words encompass so much more. People are forever, because of the stories their lives share. I don’t know how many times I have been inspired by someone sharing their story. Life is real and raw, and when that is shared. It continues beyond the now. It is of lasting worth.

I love what I do because I value the people in the stories I share. Each journey and love story is unique to the people living them out. The love and community shared in each moment, vividly shares their life, their story. It is something that should be remembered and retold. Photographs hanging your wall capture magical moments, but more than that. Photographs offer us a chance to remember those moments of life and share those with the ones we love.

Several months later, as I photographed David straightening his tie, and adjusting his cuff links before he walked down the aisle to see his lovely bride. The rubber bracelets were still there, though they didn’t quite fit with the ensemble. But if you knew his story, you knew why. And documented in each photograph that story of triumph lives on.



12,242 Photographs on my Iphone

Can I be honest with you? I was looking for a specific image to add to my portfolio, and couldn’t find it. It was then that I realized that I had not uploaded it to my website. Can you believe, that life has been so crazy that I didn’t upload this amazing Mount Laguna proposal to my website? You can find it featured on How He Asked, but until right now. It has not been featured on my blog.

If anything that is the life of a photographer. Recently I was scrolling through photographs on my Iphone, and a number jumped out at me. On my iPhone, I have 12,242 photographs. 12,242! And those are my personal images, not including the terabytes of photographs I have backed up in my studio and to the cloud.

My goal for 2017, is to share my adventure on this blog. Please help hold me accountable. To be true to my philosophy that photographs are meant to be shared. I have to participate in that, and share the beauty and emotion that I am privileged to capture. Not necessarily to promote myself or even to showoff my talent. I will be the first to tell you, that I am still learning and growing in my craft. But simply to remind myself that LIFE is BEAUTIFUL. Sometimes we need to sit back and remember the little moments. And what better way than to weekly share stories of life and of love.